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1936 Olympic Games

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OLYMPIC RING -- 1936 OLYMPIAD (Item OLY 3-1)

DESCRIPTION: This beautiful NS period ring is one the presentation prizes that were given out in a very limited number by Reich's Sports Director, Hans von Tschammer und Osten, 1887-1943. The rings were presented to persons who gave many an effort to promote the Olympiad in Berlin. Von Tschammer was ordered by Adolf Hitler to be the head director of all NS sporting events and pageantry. This is one of the most beautiful rings of the Nazi period. The ring measures slightly over one inch and is probably size 9 ½ or 10. In August of 1999 one of these rings was sold on pre-communist e-bay as item 143238320 for $3,000. The seller said the rings were given to gold-medal winners, but this was erroneous. But he was correct when he said you will find 10 SS honor rings for every Olympic ring found. In September of 1997 ring expert and historian Don Boyle wrote a small article where he cited the history of the Olympic von Tschammer rings. He made the mistake also about who received them. They were given to persons and corporation heads that helped to bring about the games in Berlin. Essentially the article was quite good in the usual Boyle style. The ring is very beautiful throughout and very artistically designed. It is believed that Hermann Göring came up with the original Entwurf design. The Nazi Sports Eagle sits above the five-ring Olympic logo. The sides are graced by the Heilige Eichenlaub, or oak leaves, the symbol of German honor from ancient Teutonic times. The stone is of sardonyx, which also has meaning in Germanic saga. This ring is 100 percent original and in extra-fine condition.

PRICE: $2,250.00

 

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1936 Olympic Book on Sailing Sports (Item OLY 3-2)

DESCRIPTION: This rare little book was the yearbook of the Seglerverband, sailing record. There are 245 pages of text and pictures of contests, exercises, journeys, and maps. In the back of the book are many interesting advertisements for nautical items. A nice Olympic item for the collector and archivist.

PRICE: $136.00 SOLD

 

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Three German Equestrian Posters (Item OLY 3-3)

DESCRIPTION: These are original posters (never reproduced) of German equestrian events possibly connected to the 1936 Olympiad. They actually were used as notice boards or posters. Note the white spacing under each picture. This was for listing with crayon the schedule of events of the day; definitely competition connected. We are not sure if the board material that they are glued to might be original or not, but the poster are 100 percent period. They are all marked by the company of manufacture. The St. George press in Berlin/Eisnerdruck Berlin. they are very dramatic and colorful. They measure 19 ½ X 25 ½ inches including the mounting board. They depict army and SA horse events and one for the Allgemeine SS. Sold as a set for $400; individually, $150.

PRICE: $150.00 each; $400 for all

 

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Signed Photograph of Reichssportdirektor von Tschammer (Item OLY 3-4)

DESCRIPTION: This is a great 8 x 11 photo of the famous Hans von Tschammer und Osten, who was Secretary of State in the Reich Ministry of the Interior and Reich Sports Director. Born in Dresden 25 October 1887, he joined the NSDAP in 1929 and in January 1931 was appointed an SA colonel. In July 1933 he was made Reich Sports Director with the goal of improving the morale and productivity of German workers. He immediately and ably began to promote sports and athletic prowess. Sporting skills were even made a criterion for school graduation and certain jobs. Von Tschammer und Osten's ultimate aim was to demonstrate Aryan physical superiority. He was the director of all German participation in the Olympics of 1936. An interesting event that happened during the games was when the President of the International Olympic Committee had advised Hitler that if he was congratulating some of the German medal winners, then he would have to greet all! Since this was not possible because of his other duties the Führer stopped congratulating the athletes. Thus started the lie that he refused to greet the renowned American black athlete winner of four gold medals. It might be well to give thought to other allied propaganda in this period and throughout the war. Hans von Tschammer und Osten passed away on 29 March 1943. The photo we offer is with a full inscription; however, here von Tschammer wrote it across the picture of his tunic and it is almost impossible to decipher under normal house lighting. When taken into the sunlight one can see it, but then it is written in the old-German fraktur and I, for one, cannot read this. However, it is signed and it does have a foreword message and it is a very nice professional photo. Along with the portrait photo are 13 smaller pictures. Twelve are 3 ½ x 2 ½ inches and one is 6 ¾ x 4 ¾ inches depicting von Tschammer with German naval officers of high rank and Italian offices as they have a meeting seemingly at an inspection of various front-line installations to include Dunkirk and Ostende. Under the picture the persons present are identified and below that seems to be a schedule of 15 cities that will be visited starting and ending in Berlin. On the other side of this album page are two pictures that seem to be members of the Tschammer family. On the remaining page are photos of this continuing inspection trip with the Reichsportdirektor in three of them. This group would be a great combination with the von Tschammer Olympic ring offered in this section. What a set!

PRICE: $450.00 SOLD

 

German Jewelry and Stickpins

1936 Olympic Medal Stickpin (Item OLY 3-5)

DESCRIPTION: This is the bronze Olympic medal as worn by winners on their civilian clothing. Much coveted. This stickpin is considered rare.

PRICE: $55.00 SOLD

 

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